Dating gibson ukuleles
This changed in the late 1920s, when they began producing some better instruments with the Harmony name on them.
I would guess your ukulele was made in the late 1920s.
so great in volume that they offer money-making opportunities in vaudeville, radio and recording for those whose desires turn in this direction." It ends by pointing out that they are "Endowed with the same attributes which have made famous the Gibson Mastertone and Custom-Built Banjos."Gibson hardly needs an introduction to anyone even casually interested in musical instruments.
That first Gibson banjo uke - designated UB -- was a "trapdoor" model.
It looks to be made of some very nice quality mahogany.In 1944 Gibson was purchased by Chicago Musical Instruments and in 1969 Chicago Musical Instruments, was taken over by E. (The exception to the current lack of production, is Gibson currently own the Epiphone brand and they currently do produce a couple of Ukulele's. It was rescued by the current owners and is currently an independent Guitar maker.The "door" on the back is spring loaded and pops open when a knob is turned, releasing a latch that attaches to the co-ordinator rod inside the banjo.There is a snap that then attaches to the co-ordinator rod to hold the door open.